Kim Booth
Member for Bass

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Former sawmiller Kim Booth is the hardest-working politician in Bass. 
Kim has exposed corruption in the Tasmanian Government, uncovering the ‘old mates’ Tasmanian Compliance Corporation deal and the Shreddergate scandal.
Kim will always advocate for equitable access to education and healthcare.
He works closely with families of children living with Aspergers for their A-Team program; has facilitated community forums about GP shortages, aerial spraying and pokies; and from day one has stood up for Dr Paul McGinity and his community.
Coming from a sawmilling background means that Kim Booth knows how to create more jobs with less logs: demonstrated by his radial sawmill proposal for Scottsdale. 
Kim Booth is the only member in Bass who voted in Parliament against the Gunns pulp mill proposal. 
He will ensure that we retain our clean air, that the marine environment is free of toxic effluent and that government never seizes private land for a company such as Gunns.


Cash for Assets Rejected


State Should Resist Abbott’s Cash-for-Assets Lure


Tasmania should not be further penalised by the Commonwealth should the State Liberals uphold their public commitments to not sell off assets, including energy assets or ports, Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson Kim Booth MP said today.

“The Greens expect Will Hodgman will live up to his previous public commitments and resist this shameful cash-for assets lure being dangled by Joe Hockey and Tony Abbott,” Mr Booth said.

Restore MP Numbers


Labor Should Stop Blaming Others and Fulfil Promise to Restore Assembly Numbers 

Restoring the numbers of MPs back to 35 in the House of Assembly, as committed by all three parties last term of government, would strengthen Tasmania’s democracy by providing a greater talent pool to fill both parliamentary and Cabinet positions, Greens Leader Kim Booth MP said today.

“Labor’s response is both childish and dishonest in that it tried to ignore the enormous harm caused to Tasmania’s parliamentary democracy by reducing the seats to 25 in a play for absolute power,” Mr Booth said.

Public Sector Wage Freeze


Hodgman Must Take Responsibility for Union Industrial Action 

The Hodgman Liberal government must rethink their decision to impose a public sector wage freeze counter to last year’s agreement, or take responsibility for any disruption to community services that may occur due to potential industrial action, said Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson Kim Booth MP.
“Nobody swallows the Treasurer’s line that it is for the good of public sector workers that he is breaking a good faith negotiated agreement with public sector workers,” Mr Booth said.

Councils Supporting Medicinal Cannabis


Dorset Joins Medicinal Cannabis Push 

The Hodgman Liberal government is becoming further out of touch as yet another local council formally endorses investigating opportunities presented by a local medicinal cannabis crop industry.

“Last night the Dorset Council voted unanimously in support of progressing talks around the local growing and processing of industrial hemp, medicinal cannabis and other biopharmaceutical products, once again highlighting how out of touch both Health Minister Michael Ferguson and Primary Industries Minister Jeremy Rockliff are over this issue,” Greens Leader Kim Booth MP said.

Public Sector Wage Freeze


Greens Reject Public Sector Wage Freeze 

The Tasmanian Greens will not support the Hodgman government’s move to freeze public sector wages, describing it as a serious breach of faith.
“The Greens will not be supporting any special legislation this Hodgman regime may introduce to facilitate their unconscionable wage freeze on our public sector employees, who work so hard to deliver services across the community,” Mr Booth said.

Councils Support Medicinal Cannabis Trials


Local Councils Support for Medicinal Cannabis Trials Embarrassment for Libs 

Growing support across regional local councils for medicinal cannabis trials is increasing pressure on the Hodgman government to review its unilateral hard line opposition to the proposed trials.
“Huon Valley Council has passed an unanimous motion calling for the Liberal government to rethink its opposition to medicinal cannabis, and both Derwent Valley Council and Dorset Council have similar motions on their books noting the potential these crop trials could have for their local regions,” Greens Leader Kim Booth MP said.

THO Reform


THO Reduction Must Guarantee Local Service Delivery Autonomy 

The Hodgman Liberal government must guarantee that any reduction in the current three Tasmanian health Organisations (THOs) to one, must be based on good public policy and improved health outcomes, and also guarantee that local autonomy over service delivery is maintained.
“The Greens have called for a review of the current three THOs for some time now since they were established in 2012, so we welcome the Liberals coming on board however we also warn that any such restructure must still be driven by good public policy outcomes,” Greens Leader Kim Booth MP said today.

Liberals Local Benefit Test Comitment Queried


Did Liberals Local Benefits Test Policy Apply to State Growth Contracts? 

The Hodgman regime needs to clarify whether it has breached its own election commitment to require Local Benefits Tests are conducted on government contracts with the recent awarding of contracts worth $300, 000 to interstate companies.
“The Liberals’ election commitment, ‘Disaggregate government contracts’, accused the previous government of ignoring local businesses and firms ‘in favour of interstate competitors for relatively minor savings’, yet we now discover that the so-called Department of State Growth has provided $300, 000 worth of contracts to interstate firms,” Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson Kim Booth MP said.

End Corporate Welfare


End Corporate Welfare instead of Attacking Public Sector Workers 

The Hodgman regime needs to rethink its warped priorities and put an end to its compulsion to provide corporate welfare payouts instead of attacking the state’s public service if it is serious about making financial savings, Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson Kim Booth MP said today.
“The proposed one year pay freeze on our public sector workers is the latest slimy and unconscionable move by this Hodgman regime,” Mr Booth said.

Mt Lyell Mine Closure Blow


Mt Lyell Mine Closure Blow for Community


The announced closure of the Mt Lyell mine will be a blow to the tight-knit West Coast community coming so soon after the Henty Mine closure news, Greens Leader and Mining spokesperson Kim Booth MP said today.
“It cannot be underestimated how devastating the decision to close the Mt Lyell mine will be for the 200 plus workers and their families,” Mr Booth said.